10 signs to identify if your child is suffering from mental health issues

Wondering if your child is suffering from spells of stress or having an anxiety attack? Here are a few signs you should not ignore.
10 signs to identify if your child is suffering from mental health issues10 signs to identify if your child is suffering from mental health issues
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Not just physical health, a child’s emotional well-being holds the same importance, if not more. It is not only a sign of healthy living but also aids in social and cognitive development.­ According to recent research, one in every 10 children suffers from mental health disorders.

Innumerable factors affect the mental health of a young adult, both positively as well as negatively. Mostly, a childhood ridden with angst, resentment, hatred and negativity is one of the foremost reasons for the birth of psychological problems.

Changes in school, parents, or the birth of a new member in the family can also trigger undesirable thoughts in their minds. Moreover, teenagers often experience emotional turmoil due to hormonal changes and that can be one of the biggest triggers for stress and anxiety. Many times, children also start trying out alcohol and drugs to get rid of their problems.

Studies say that if such kids are left untreated, they are likely to repeat the cycle with their children, which in turn leaves too much pressure on a child’s brain. Building an atmosphere of love, compassion, trust, and understanding is the first step to create space for a productive lifestyle.

Dr Samir Parikh, consultant psychiatrist and director of the Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences at Fortis Healthcare suggest looking for these red flags for the mental health of your child:

1. Any sudden changes in behaviour

2. Changes in academic performance

3. No wish to go out or socialize with friends

4. Ignorance of previously enjoyed activities or hobbies

5. Disturbance in sleep patterns

6. Changes in appetite

7. Changes in verbalisation about situations

8. Negativity or pessimism about outcomes

9. Sudden crying spells

10. Anxiety about trivial issues

If you see any such symptoms in your child, it is best to make conversation with him or her. Try to develop a bond by playing games or participating in activities that may interest your child. In case, it does not work, you may also seek professional help and introduce your child to a psychologist or school counsellor.

Remember to keep such matters confidential between the two of you or it can greatly disturb his or her mind.

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